Lucca and its surroundings
Lucca - Downtown
Walking on the walls, continue between the alleys of the city and find yourself in Piazza Grande : This is Lucca, and more.
A medieval town with its Renaissance city walls, Lucca is the ideal place where to spend a few days relaxing . Piazza Anfiteatro, Via Fillungo, Guinigi Tower, with its oak on the top, the churches of San Michele, San Frediano with the majestic mosaic on the facade, the Cathedral of San Martino but above all homeland of the famous composer Giacomo Puccini, with his house museum, are some of the memories that will remain etched and that will be treasure to be preserved; Lucca is recognized as Heritage of UNESCO.
San Martino & Diana Hotel are located just a few meters from the main theare, Teatro del Giglio, in the city center, from which you may very well get to any part of the city on foot or, for the more adventurous, cycling.
Lucca and its surroundings
In addition to the splendid jewel surrounded by the strong Renaissance walls , Lucca offers many food and wine tours , cultural and sporting places . With your own car or motorcycle beautiful scenaries can be reached in less than half an hour like the Villas “Ville Lucchesi”, the Wine Route , the oil road , superb views over the plain of Lucca with stunning views. At San Martino & Diana Hotel is also possible to have information leaflets.
By train, car or bus, one of the leading destinations outside the area of Lucca is definitely Pisa, with its wonderful Piazza dei Miracoli, the imposing Baptistery and the Leaning Tower . From there you can continue to the mouth of the Arno River and visit the Natural Park of San Rossore.
All the Versilia coast is easily reachable from Lucca by any means of transport. Viareggio with its charming beaches, Torre del Lago Puccini with the famous Villa del Maestro , Forte dei Marmi and Pietrasanta, an open air museum , are some of the places to visit for those who decide to stay a couple of days at San Martino & Diana Hotel and get daily output outside Lucca.
The area north of Lucca is characterized by rolling hills that introduce the area of Garfagnana , with many medieval villages , places not to miss as Castelnuovo di Garfagnana , with its fortress Ariostesca , rich and elegant Barga , the spa town of Bagni di Lucca , the famous Devil's Bridge in Borgo a Mozzano and Grotta del Vento, a veritable encyclopedia of the underworld. Not to be missed , further north in the province of Massa, the historic marble quarries , visited by the most important Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo and Alberti.
Cradle of the Renaissance history and culture that is emanated from every corner , beautiful, striking and unique , with its Palazzo Vecchio, Santa Maria Novella and Santa Maria del Fiore, do not need an introduction. From San Martino & Diana Hotel is easy to reach by train or bus.
Lovely stretch of the Ligurian coast , which alternates between rocky and pleasant paths , Cinque Terre are five beautiful perched villages of the Ligurian Sea : Monterosso , Vernazza , Corniglia , Manarola and Riomaggiore with its Via dell'Amore. Each “terra” has its marine character and welcoming.